Category Archives: RIP

Andrzej Wajda (1920-2016): His 10 Best Films

My pal Michał Oleszczyk, a Polish film critic and correspondent for Rogerebert.com, has written an essay for Ebert discussing Michał’s 10 favorite films of the great Polish auteur Andrzej Wajda, who has just died at the age of 90. For … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Andrzej Wajda

Andrzej Wajda, the giant of post-war Polish cinema, who worked up until the very end, has just died at the age of 90. Working under the most constricting set of circumstances, Wajda managed to keep making films, films about life … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Bill Nunn, aka “Radio Raheem”

In the comments section for Spike Lee’s FB message passing on the sad news of the death of Bill Nunn (most well-known for his portrayal of Radio Raheem in Do the Right Thing, although he had a long career with … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Curtis Hanson

8 Mile took over my life for a time. I saw it on its opening day. I returned 3 or maybe 4 more times. I was a Slim Shady fan from the beginning and had felt apprehensive about the film, … Continue reading

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“To match the shoes with the jacket is fey. To match the shoes with the hat is taste.” – Gene Wilder on the Willy Wonka costume sketches

In Gene Wilder’s book Kiss Me Like a Stranger, he describes his first meeting with the director Mel Stuart, before he had decided to do it. He had reservations. He had an idea for what would dispel those reservations. Listen, … Continue reading

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The Mystery That Was Gene Wilder’s Gift

Is it the eye pan to the right? Is it the delayed eyebrow raise? Is it what he’s doing with his mouth? Is it that it’s one of his specialties – the comedic pause? Is it all of that together? … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Gene Wilder

I said what I needed to say on Twitter. Humphrey Bogart said that good acting was “6 feet back” in the eyes. Gene Wilder exemplified that. For example this: Actors watch a moment like that and have the same reaction … Continue reading

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Every Week Is “Elvis Week” Around Here

He was “Touched.” Or, as Lester Bangs wrote: “The only credible explanation is that Elvis was from another planet.” One of a kind.

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“I knew there was something I was never gonna see again.” – Bill Murray on why he went to Elvis’ funeral

Bill Murray crashing Elvis’ funeral, August 16, 1977 There’s no video, but here’s the audio of Murray telling David Letterman the story:

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Jafar Panahi Remembers Abbas Kiarostami

Jafar Panahi, the talented and persecuted Iranian filmmaker, is – as everyone knows – banned from making films (he’s made 3 since the sentence came down), banned from traveling, and forbidden from speaking to foreigners or giving interviews (he continues … Continue reading

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